Why put an item on reserve?
Items are put on reserve in order to make them as accessible as possible to students in a particular course or major. Limiting the loan period ensures access for students who need to use the material and charging overdue fines encourages students to return it promptly.
How do I make a reserve request?
Complete a Reserve Request Form. This form is required each time you make a reserve request:
- (Preferred) Complete the Reserve Request Form electronically and email it to LSCcirc@lyndonstate.edu.
- Complete the Reserve Request Form on paper and hand it in to the the Library Circulation Desk.
Your name, course number and full bibliographic citation for the material are essential. You must also indicate how you are complying with the copyright law as it relates to the item. We advise you to keep good records. If you have any questions, contact the Library.
Once you have submitted a completed form, our staff will retrieve the material from the stacks. Please allow two business days for this. If we have problems processing material, we will send you an email describing the circumstances.
Library Reserve Room Policy states that “faculty must give the circulation department at least one week to properly process materials to be put on reserve.” Please take this into account and plan ahead. It is frustrating to students when they are assigned a reading that is not yet available.
What can I put on reserve?
- Material owned by the LSC Library
- Personal books
Be aware that these books will be bar-coded, stripped for the security system and have a red dot placed on the spine. We do not recommend that any rare books or valuable items be placed on reserve. We cannot be responsible for damage to or loss of personal material.
- Photocopies of articles
Only one copy of a particular article can be put on reserve for any one course. The faculty member is responsible for copyright compliance (see below) and providing the photocopy.
- Video and audio recordings
You may place an archival copy of the item on reserve to protect the original from overuse. You must personally own the original. There are facilities for viewing and listening in the library. Headphones for each piece of equipment may be charged out at the circulation desk.
If you need an item for reserves that is not available in our collections, the library staff will RUSH order it for your course. After your course concludes and you no longer need the material for Reserve, it will be cataloged and placed in the library’s collection.
The following materials may not be placed on reserve:
- Duplications of commercial videos, audiotapes, that you do not personally own.
- Reference books
- Whole journals from the library’s collection
- Workbooks/course packs that are not copyright compliant
- Items on loan from another library, including Interlibrary Loan
- Using Copyrighted Material for Reserves The VSC Library Copyright Guidelines require that copyright protected materials only be used in ways that comply with the law. Please check the library’s copyright pages.
Using copyrighted material for reserves
The VSC Library Copyright Guidelines require that copyright protected materials only be used in ways that comply with the law.
Copyright is not an issue if the material is:
- Owned by the LSC library
- Your personal copy (but not a reproduction, e.g. photocopies, video copied from broadcast or otherwise duplicated)
- An archival copy of a video that you personally own that was made for preservation
- Now in the public domain
- Under the Fair Use exceptions
- Have you had this material on reserve before? If so, most interpretations of Fair Use consider it advisable to obtain permission for subsequent uses.
If you need to have permission to use the material, it is your responsibility to obtain it. Include a copy of the permission with your reserve request. If you have asked for permission but have yet to receive it, attach a copy of your request. We advise you to keep good records.
If you have any questions, please contact the Library or check the Copyright Page for more information on this subject.